The definitive guide to the skills and techniques used when working with children experiencing emotional problems, this book covers all you need to know about, including: The goals for counseling children and the child-counselor relationship Practice frameworks for working effectively with children Play therapy and the use of different media and activities Building self-esteem and social skills through the use of worksheets The new Fifth Edition has been updated to include: A new chapter on technology (its influence on children and ways that technology can be used during counseling) New content on issues of diversity and difference in counseling children The different contexts in which counseling children occur Discussion of concepts of well-being and resilience Updated references and research The book is supported by a new Companion Website that provides training materials and handouts on a range of skills for counseling children including: helping the child to tell their story and tray work, the use of miniature animals, the use of clay, and helping the child to change thoughts and behavior. This highly practical guide is vital reading for counselors, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, nurses, and teachers working or training to work with children.
About the Authors:
Dr. Kathryn Geldard retired from teaching in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, at the University of the Sunshine Coast at the end of 2013. Kathryn was responsible for establishing the Master of Counselling and the Master of Counselling Practice programs, and prior to her retirement had extensive experience in mental health settings and private practice, initially working at the Phipps Clinic at Johns Hopkins University Hospital.
The late David Geldard worked for many years as a counselling psychologist in private practice, mental health and community health in Queensland. He specialised in counselling children, young people and their families.
Rebecca Yin Foo is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist who is experienced in providing psychological support for children with developmental disabilities and their families at the Cerebral Palsy League. Her work has led her to take a high level of practical and academic interest in ways of working with children to promote optimal positive outcomes. She currently works in private practice in Brisbane, Australia. Prior to obtaining her honours degree in Psychology and Masters degree in Educational and Developmental Psychology she completed a Bachelor of Medical Engineering. She has published a number of journal articles and presented conference papers nationally and internationally in relation to her studies in both Engineering and Psychology. She is the third author of the book, Counselling Children: A Practical Introduction.